The influence of caregiving stressors, social support, and caregiving appraisal on marital functioning among African American wife caregivers

J Marital Fam Ther. 2003 Oct;29(4):479-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2003.tb01690.x.

Abstract

Using a stress and coping framework, we examined the influence of caregiving stressors, social support, and caregiving appraisal on the marital functioning of 100 African American wife caregivers. Results of separate multivariate analyses revealed received church support, caregiving burden, and caregiving satisfaction significantly predicted wives' marital functioning, when caregivers' background characteristics (age and education), length of caregiving, whether first marriage, and urban versus rural location were controlled. Receiving church support was associated with increased marital functioning. Lower levels of caregiving burden were associated with increased marital functioning. Higher levels of caregiving satisfaction were associated with increased marital functioning. Findings illuminate wives' caregiving and marital experiences, and have implications for family therapy and future research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Black People / psychology*
  • Black or African American
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Support
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*